Thursday, February 4, 2010

Remember this, my friends?

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the
journey-work of the stars.
~ Walt Whitman


[Wild grasses on a summer morning alongside the ravine. Click on picture to make it bigger, and then breathe.]

Don't you just miss the simple beauties, like a green field, right about now? Well, take heart friends (especially those of you in northern climes), the sky is brightening, the world is softening, Spring is starting her northern journey. I, for one, am planning to entice, bribe, and otherwise cajole her into an early arrival. (I have promised her pots of flowers on my windowsills if she hurries!) Any other ideas? If it involves mayhem, count me in.

21 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Garden Ms.S, I do share your view of the coming of spring and, like you, cannot now wait for it to come.

However, we should be wary for in life the anticipation can often outshine the reality. Enjoy the waiting game!

Deborah at KIlbourne Grove said...

I sooooo hope that you are right, this has been a very long, long winter. I am doing my spring chanting daily,
Spring, Spring, Spring!!!

sweet bay said...

That much green, especially that shade of green, is a very welcome sight around now.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Beautiful post, I followed your instructions, and it worked. I think it needs to be a link on your sidebar 'in case of emergency' lol. Are you missing green as much as I am? It's getting quite serious...not much longer thankfully. :)

anartistsgarden said...

Oh that bank of grass is luscious! The color, the atmosphere, the joy I felt when it popped onto my screen! Our winter has been fairly mild, considering how little snow we've had but I keep waiting for the 'big snowfall' before spring gets her.

miss m said...

Simple beauties are what I live for ! Although days have been getting longer since Winter solstice, February, to me, is truly the time we come 'out of the dark'. It is MY 'winter solstice'.

The joys of green are ever so close. :)

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I feel refreshed. Thank you. This photo brought forth a memory of early winter wheat looking much like waves on the ocean; covering a hillside, strong spring winds creating swell upon swell. I could've watched it forever. Thank you again.

Kyna said...

Oh, I miss that colour so much lol. Thanks for the glimpse of spring to come!

Anna said...

One of my favourite quotes. We tend to overlook all those green blades. I am hoping that spring when she arrives, pauses now and again for us to get the most out of her delights : )

The Garden Ms. S said...

Edith: Once February is over I expect to see signs of spring to encourage me. However, this month, fortunately the shortest, is the ‘hump’ month around here and is like one long Wednesday. Yikes!

Deborah: We are getting so much more light these days; it is very encouraging. I should take up chanting as well!

Sweetbay: I forget how green green is, until I look at photos and remember what great swathes of it actually looked like. No wonder the first green flushes of spring are such a thrill!

Rebecca: Glad it helped! I am really missing it, especially since we haven’t had a lot of sun lately, which is unusual for us in the winter. I think tomorrow I will head off to a garden centre for a latte and stroll around the tropical section. :)

AnArtistsGarden: There really is something joyous about all that green. I think I will roll around in it when it arrives *hee hee*

Miss m: We have so much more light now in the last two weeks. It’s quite a welcome shift!

TGHT: Ah, wheat blowing in the wind. We have lots of that here in Alberta and I always thrill to see it when I get out of the city. It lulls me into a peaceful frame of mind. *Sigh* :)

Kyna: Me too! Bring it on!

Anna: Isn’t that a lovely quote? Grass, especially wild grasses, are so overlooked, and yet they knit the whole scene together. I, too, love spring to be full of surprises and tempest and promise and the thrill of the first scented day. Ahhhh. (Now off to dream :))

OF SPRING AND SUMMER said...

Liked your bark pictures. Yes, we all would like spring to be here soon. It has been a long and hard winter.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Green, green, beautiful green. With another winter storm bearing down on us here in Iowa, I would be willing to do a spring dance (is there such a thing?), bribery, trickery, anything to get spring here! :)

Moonstone Gardens said...

It's happening! Spring IS coming. On my way home yesterday I saw the acid green of new grass coming up in the fields. The spriing lambs are frolicking next to their mamas and at dawn I'm hearing more and more birds, including a rather ribald tune sung by one lusty little fellow in the vines outside my bedroom.
Do not abandon hope, all my snowbound friends. I'm sending you all green thoughts.
Cindee

The Garden Ms. S said...

OfSpring&Summer: We really have turned the corner on winter - not long now! :)

Iowa: I am willing to do a dance out in the snow - to heck with neighbours! :)

Moonstone: You give me hope! Often, this time of year I would fly to the west coast for a few days of early spring, but with a little one now I am staying at home and toughing it out. I just have to make Alberta the next stop on spring's itinerary! :)

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Oh you are such a tease...but it's a great thought! After 2 feet of snow fell, we're now expect 6 more inches! We are literally 'snowed in' and the idea of seeing anything green any time soon is a pipe dream. I realize spring will come...but it can't come soon enough for me;-)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Jan: Just think what good that snow will do for your soil and plants! (That's what I keep telling myself anyway!) ;-)

Naturegirl said...

Right about now many think about the simple beauty of a field of fresh green grass. I can feel the sunshine as I enlarge your image!
Soon we'll all be digging deep!
This was a lovely inspiring post!

kate smudges said...

Even though the temperatures are still around -15c, I can sense spring when I'm out walking. I'll join with you in some mayhem and madness if it means melting snow in Saskatchewan. Your blog is beautiful ~ I've been out of the blog loop for a long while, although am working up to getting back in.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Kate: Hello! Great to hear from you. I still have you on my RSS feed! Thank you for the kind comment...your blog was one of the very first I ever started to follow. Would love to see you get back into it. In the meantime, please stop by again :-)

Andrea said...

Hi i am new here, am glad to follow your comment somewhere. I love your photos especially this grasses and the caption. Yes, when we breathe we savor the freshly manufactured oxygen, haha, Hmmm, how sweeeet! I am inspired by this post, it gave me an idea. thanks.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Andrea: Hi and welcome! Isn't fresh green grass so invigorating. Soon, soon...! :-)